Notes: The 2004-2006 Nissan Maxima has widespread transmission problems. It starts with the vehicle jerking when shifting, & progresses to full-blown transmission failure.

Maxima owners report spending $3,000 to replace the transmission, typically around when the odometer hits 100,000 miles.

There's a class action lawsuit filed in late 2011, & it is still in the "discovery" stage. Apparently, these things take time ... far too much time.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,998 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Jan 032011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles


The ABS system engages during normal driving causing difficulty in stopping under high or slow speeds. The failure causes a grinding sounds and triggers the ABS braking system to malfunction. Once the failure begins it is not possible to fix without technical service. It occurs irregardless of speed and/or conditions. I have had this occur 5 times over the last 11 months. It is a highly costly, time consuming and inconvenient problem. The ABS sensors have been replaced multiple times and the ABS control unit and actuator have been replaced too. This does not solve this recurring problem and due to the number of complaints is an obvious design defect which has not been solved.

- Endicott, NY, USA

problem #10

Jul 142009


  • 65,000 miles
I purchased my 06' Maxima in 08' I had it for about 2 months and the cd player doesnt play any thing it skips spits the cd out and an error mesg. Comes up. I took it to the dealer and they "fixed it" so they say 1 week later it starts with the same issue I called and they said they can do anything about it maybe its the cd. So I never got that issue fixed. An other issue is my car has about 70K miles and every time the car goes 20-30 mph it has a hard hit to change gears every time. My car get serviced every 3-4 months and now I need a new tranmission!! I only work about 20 miles from where I live how can that be" also I had to replace some kind of brake part. Every time I went to brake the car made this noise and it started to shake the sound was this grinding sound then an other sound started like when you press the brakes and the roads are wet. But shaking real bad. I went to the dealer and they said its w & T on the car. When I asked him how offten this happens and he said not that offten so how can that be" other than that its little thing like my truck lock doesnt stay put I have to tighten the bolts of it once aweek please make Nissan do a re-call I have read all the compalints and they are all the same and expensive issue.

- Somerset , NJ, USA

problem #9

Aug 062010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 275,650 miles
I have a 2006 Maxima and had the situation one day in August 2010 when I applied the brake the ABS engaged. There was a grinding type noise like an impeller was broken. When I checked around with some dealer they said they never heard of this problem. An infiniti dealer told me that if I disconnect one of the sensors on the rear wheel the ABS would be disabled. The braking would be as if there wasn't no ABS. In the winter you have to turn off the vdc otherwise you would still have problems. There was no information of what parts needed to be changed out.

- Edmonton, Alberta, 00, USA

problem #8

Oct 282010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


2006 Nissan Maxima: ABS activates with normal braking. This is a safety issue, and it is an obvious defect on Nissan's part. However, the recall has never been issued, and Nissan charges thousands of $ for the repairs if the vehicle is out of 36,000 miles warranty. The service bulletin has been issued in July 2007, reference ntb07-016B.

- Wakefield, MA, USA

problem #7

Aug 262010


  • 61,000 miles
2006 Nissan Maxima SE. I have had ABS problems for 7 months. The first time the Nissan dealer just cleaned the rr wheel sensor and said that would do the job. It worked for about 6 months. Now I just had the tsb performed to correct the design flaw of Nissan on the rr wheel sensor. After the tsb was performed the dealer came to notice that the ABS actuator needed to be replaced. I am still waiting on that job to be performed. I have done some research and this is happening to many Nissan Maximas from the 2006 generation. I do not feel safe in the car because sometimes it doesn't seem as if it is going to stop. I have almost hit 2 cars because of this design flaw.

- Jenkins, KY, USA

problem #6

Jun 132010


  • 90,655 miles
Every time a press my brakes the ABS activates. It appears to be a wide spread issue as I has researched forums and there are lots of folks out there. It is very concerning as I do not stop as quickly as I normally would. Could lead to a accident.

- New Market, MN, USA

problem #5

Sep 162009


  • 28,000 miles


I have a 2006 Nissan Maxima SE that I bought new in Jan 2007. Several months ago I replaced the oem tires because I was old they were worn out and were the cause of steering wheel vibration above 60mph. I replaced the tires and front brakes/rotors at my Nissan dealership and the vibration was reduced but still noticeable. It gets worse with cold temperatures. They have inspected the struts and engine mounts and say there is nothing wrong with my car but the vibration is still there.

- Harvest, AL, USA

problem #4

Dec 292009

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,020 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. While driving approximately 30 mph on normal road conditions and applying pressure to the brake pedal the vehicle began to shake violently. The failure occurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The failure was contributed to a manufacturer's design flaw within the brake system. The rear passenger wheel speed sensor was replaced. The repair cost was $540.63. The failure mileage was 42,020. Updated 02/13/10 updated 02/16/10 updated 2/17/10 updated 02/19/10. Updated 08/26/10

- Webster , NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 022008


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. Whenever the contact applies the brakes at any speed, he can feel a vibration coming from the steering wheel. As a result, the vehicle begins to drive very roughly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that all four rotors were warped. The vehicle was not serviced for the failure. The contact did not notice any differences prior to the failure. The current mileage was 45,000 and failure mileage was 40,000.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 012008


  • 44,000 miles
The events leading up to the failure was squealing brakes, shaking steering wheels, loud noises on the brake, and rough ride when brakes are press slightly. Car does not brake properly when pressed lightly under dry weather and tends to lock temporarily and let go during wet weather which can really lead to an accident. Nissan Consumer Affairs was called about the problem I was informed to take my car to the dealership, which I did, dealership tells me I'm out of warranty, I called Nissan Consumer Affairs back because this is a manufacturer defect and not something caused by me but Nissan will not admit to it.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 052008


  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. In rainy weather, the contact hears a clucking sound when the brake pedal is depressed. The vehicle has been to the dealer three times, but they were unable to identify the cause of the failure. After the vehicle has warmed up, the clucking sound stops. The dealer repaired the rotors, but the failure still persists. There were no warning lights illuminated at the time of the failure. The failure mileage was 26,000 and current mileage was 27,000. Updated 11/17/08 updated 11/21/08.

- East Hartford, CT, USA

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